Many people have many different opinions when it comes to style, but here’s one of the most universal truths: everyone wants to look expensive. Shopping for $10 tops is one thing, but actually looking like is another—which is why you may have noticed that I talk about deceptively inexpensive basics ad nauseam. Going for minimalist separates is a tried and true approach to achieving this goal, but here’s another one I found courtesy of my feed: faux leather.
Of course, it’s a given that genuine leather can instantly level any outfit, but its faux sibling has come a long way since its stiff, plastic-y looking days. The real thing can be pricey and with so many high-quality faux-leather and vegan leather options (we love Nanushka) that feel just as soft and luxurious—who needs it anyway? Hence, why it’s also become a stylish shortcut to achieving an air of luxury even when on a budget.
From billowy leather pants to saturated leather jackets, the luxurious fabric is on the limbs of every cool person worth their salt these days—and it’s a hack I’m taking up for myself. Whether you go for real or faux, the trend makes every outfit look decadent—adding a lush and luxurious touch. Scroll below to see how the style set is wearing the staple, along with several leather pieces that will leave you feeling like you’ve increased your net worth.